This month I'm finishing up my second semester into my dietetics coursework. I took a full course load, with five excellent classes that succeeded in increasing my excitement and curiosity about nutrition. I'll be studying for my final exams and finishing up group projects over the next couple of weeks, and while I have a teensy bit of down time I thought I'd check in with an update on my journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian.
I've been spending my free time in a variety of ways:
At the end of last year I started volunteering with Hawaii Meals on Wheels, and once a week I deliver meals from a local hospital, tailored to specific diets, to elderly people in my neighborhood.
I feel like I am constantly searching for job-shadowing and networking opportunities, mentorships, experience and expansion. I joined the Hawaii chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have yet to make it to a meeting, but this month it looks like the stars and my schedule will align to finally make it happen.
I'm planning to attend the 2016 HAND Spring Conference next month, and I've tossed my hat in the ring as part of the student volunteer corps.
I'm investigating summer internship possibilities. To be continued.
And, of course, I'm thinking about that elusive dietetic internship, still several semesters away but ever-present in my mind. For an assignment earlier in the semester I was tasked with putting together my resume, and it was a stark reminder of how far I have to go before I am qualified to do this job. (All the more reason to keep hunting for experience!)
Some of my coursework this semester succeeding in helping me narrow my focus, although only by a margin. My interests span gerontological nutrition, pre-conception nutrition, ketogenic diet therapy for neurological disorders, health & wellness, community nutrition, nutrition education, and corporate wellness, just to name a few categories of dietetics.
Wish me luck on finals!